This warp coil is perfect to use with 11/0 seed beads and, because the Mini is so thin, pieces with other size beads can usually be woven without a warp coil and will space themselves. Still, we often had requests for more coils for the Mini. People needle-weaving fiber, making the Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet and those who simply felt more comfortable with the spacing of a warp coil, all wanted the option of more coils.
We are finally bringing those Mini warp coils to you! The Mini Mirrix now has 14 (the one that comes with the loom), 16, 18 and 20 dent warp coils available for it. Note that you can purchase the 20 dent coil and warp every-other-dent to make a Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet or other similar piece with fiber and 8/0 beads.
You can purchase the new Mini warp coils here: http://www.mirrixlooms.com/store/warp-coils-mini/
When anyone with artsy inclinations walks into Claudia’s (Mirrix’s esteemed President) studio, they get lost in a world of fiber and beady inspiration. From looms (most with half-made pieces) to finished pieces and curious equipment like electric skein winders, it’s a fun little sanctuary to explore.
I, on the other hand, live in a one-bedroom apartment. It is in a lovely neighborhood that is walking distance from restaurants, bars, theaters, shops and pretty much everything else anyone could possibly need. We joke that we never have to leave a 5-block radius.
What I give up is space. My office is a desk in the window-corner of our living room flanked by dog and cat beds and one shelf that holds my looms and everything else weaving-related (everything else is in a closet, we were blessed with some decent closet space). It isn’t a swoon-worthy studio/office by any means, but it works for now.
A customer suggested to me a few months ago that having people share pictures of their studio space of Mirrix owners would be fun and interesting. I agreed and added the idea to my ever-growing list of things we should do. Now I’m finally getting around to it and we’re making it into a contest!
Send us a picture or two or three of your studio space (and by that, we mean whatever your workspace might be. It could be a beautiful dedicated studio space, but it might just be your coffee table). If you have a Mirrix (or 6), include it/them in the picture. Also include a blurb (fewer than 500 words) about your space. What do you like about it? How would your ideal studio differ? What’s unique about your space?
We will publish all valid entries in a series of blog posts and to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.
We will choose the winner based on creativity of the blurb and photo/s.
Email all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Studio Space Contest”. Write your blurb directly in the email. Please make sure all pictures are smaller than 1000 x 1000 pixels and are larger than 250 x 250 pixels. Image files only. We will not accept images in documents or .pdf files.
All entries due by 11/21/2014.
Grand Prize: $50 Mirrix Looms gift certificate
The Fine Print:
Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms Stare Your Studio Contest Official Rules
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A VALID E-MAIL ADDRESS IS REQUIRED.
1. Eligibility: Employees, officers and directors (and their immediate families) of Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms, their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, agencies are not eligible.
2. Open to U.S. residents over the age of 18.
3. Winner will be chosen by Mirrix’s own Claudia Chase & Elena Zuyok.
4. Entry Restrictions. Limit one (1) entry per person.
5. FORCE MAJEURE. If, for any reason, the contest (or any part thereof) is not capable of running as planned by reason of computer virus, bug, system malfunction, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, fire, flood, storm or other natural cataclysm, riot, strike, civil commotion, governmental regulation or any other causes beyond the control Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms which, in its sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest (or any part thereof), Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest and select the prize winner in a manner which is fair, equitable and in accordance with these Official Rules.
6. By entering this contest, participants agree that all pinning has been done by them.
7. DISPUTE RESOLUTION/GOVERNING LAW. To the fullest extent permitted by law, by participating in the contest, you agree that: (a) any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these Official Rules or this contest shall be filed exclusively in the federal or state courts of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire and you hereby consent and submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action; (b) any such action shall be resolved individually, NOT as part of a class action; (c) any claims/judgments/awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred (if any), but NOT attorneys’ fees. These Official Rules and this Sweepstakes shall be governed by the internal, substantive laws of the State of New Hampshire.
8. By entering this contest, you agree that we can use your images and words on our website, our blog and on social media.
We originally sent this little mystery game out as an email yesterday and limited the discount codes we gave out to 50, but we reached 50 much faster than we thought we would… so we’re not only extending that number to 200, we’re also posting it here so everyone can participate!
This is an exciting day because Little Guy and Mini are going to a Halloween party. There will even be a haunted house there! Little Guy is going to dress up as an astronaut and Mini will be a kitty cat.
At around seven, Little Guy and Mini are dropped off at the party by the Zeus and Joni looms. They run inside and are excited to see tables full of candy. They fill their pumpkin buckets and spend some time bobbing for apples. What a fun party!
Soon Little Guy decides he wants to go into the haunted house. Mini is a little bit nervous. She’s never been to a haunted house before. “You’ll be fine!” assures Little Guy. They step into the haunted house and are greeted by a rigid heddle loom dressed as a skeleton. “This haunted house will make your wool stand on end!” he cackles. Now Mini is really scared!
They continue through the haunted house. Little Guy is having a great time. He loves being scared! As he exits the haunted house, he turns to Mini and… oh no… Where’s Mini?
She’s disappeared! Little Guy looks around and see a floor loom dressed as a doctor standing near the door. “Have you seen Mini?” Little Guy asks, panicked. “I saw her run out towards the craft room looking pretty scared,” the floor loom replies. Little Guy runs to the craft room. It’s full of free projects for all the guests to do. But where is Mini?
It sounds like Little Guy needs your help! Mini (dressed like a cat) can be found somewhere on the Mirrix website. The first
50 200 people to find her will get a code for 15% off ANY Mirrix Loom good through this Friday.
Can you find her? Visit our website to try! (Hint: a clue is in the last paragraph of the story.)
I have always been fascinated with triangle beads. Taho used to make the ones with straight edges and Myuki made the ones with rounded edges. Now Myuki makes a line with straight edges, my favorites. I mean a triangle is not really a triangle unless in has straight lines!
I have a collection of them in all my favorite colors. But since I am a non-hoarder (I like to use things up and get overwhelmed when it seems my studio is filling up with too much stuff) I like to find the offending hoards and break into them. I found my box of triangles. Then I tried to figure out what to do with them.
The answer was easy: a dog collar for Sam with a lot of glitz. I am sure he will love the silk tapestry dog collar (and upcoming weave-along: I just have to finish the instructions) but there may days when he, for example, has to go to a party and just requires a little glitz.
I used a 12 dent coil, although technically there are 11 triangles per inch. Eleven warps were required. I used C-Lon beading thread. The piece was six and three-quarter inches when finished on the loom. It’s still on the loom.
Oh, I did add some size 8/0 beads just for fun. They are about the same size as the triangles. Notice that my theme is simple. I love complicated pieces as much as the next person, but I am also a fan of really, really simple. If you use beautiful materials, you can get away with some very basic techniques. In this case: simple bead weaving. I wove rows of one color. You can mix it up however you like. And yes, I will post the final project. I may decide to embellish the sides with small seed beads but I need to see how it looks on the collar before I make that decision.
What are your favorite go to beads?